CELT Resources

The Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching (CELT) is committed to supporting all Tulane faculty and teaching focused professionals, in and out of the classroom, through the entire arc of their career. In partnership with other University offices, we assist in providing faculty with information on such matters as personnel management (for PIs of research grants), family leave, retirement planning, and work-life balance matters. The proposed services and guides listed below are subject to change to reflect the needs and desires of Tulane’s faculty.

Peer Observations

Peer Observations are a completely no-stakes, 100% confidential way to improve and enhance your teaching through constructive, formative feedback. It is the process through which a peer provides thoughtful, informed feedback to a colleague for the purpose of enhancing the quality of that individual’s (classroom) instruction.

The process and confidentiality:

Peer Observations consist of a pre-observation meeting, a classroom observation, a conversation between your students and the Peer Observer (PO) during the last ten minutes of the class, and a post-observation meeting. After the final meeting, the PO will delete all information from his or her computer. Further, neither CELT nor anyone else will be privy to the conversations regarding the process. 

Additionally, faculty members are never paired with a PO from their own department and we attempt to pair them with someone outside of their school, thus the content of the class a non-issue.

Why participate?
  • To improve classroom teaching through constructive, formative feedback.
  • To promote the professional development of individual faculty and instructors.
  • To build a culture of faculty who genuinely care about becoming better teachers.

Q: Who can participate in Peer Observations? 
A: Anyone who is teaching a course at Tulane University is invited to participate, including faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students. However, as space is limited and faculty participation will be prioritized.

Q: Who Can Benefit from Peer Observations?
A: Everyone from first year instructors to long experienced full professors, and of 
course, ultimately the students.

Q: Who qualifies as a peer?
A: A full-time Tulane faculty member outside of one’s home department and ideally from a different school.

Q: What qualifications does the Peer Observer possess?
A: Each of CELT’s Peer Observers are thoroughly trained, have been observed themselves, and have conducted multiple observations.

Q: Is the outcome of the process confidential?
A: Yes! The information passed between professor and Peer Observer will remain 
strictly confidential. Only the professor will receive the final report, both in hard and 
digital copy.

Sign up here to work with a Peer Observer in your classroom.

One-on-One Consultations

CELT offers one-on-one consultations with Eunice Ofori, CELT's Senior Instructional Designer. Eunice earned her PhD from Virginia Tech in Instructional Design and Technology. These consultations are meant to provide you and/or your colleagues the opportunity to confidentially discuss course design, syllabi construction, active learning activities, assessment creation, classroom management, educational technology, etc.  Submit a consultation request.

Instructional Accessibility Network

Click here to learn more and find resources regarding the Instructional Accessibility Network.

SoTL Umbrella IRB

The goal of the Scholorchip of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Umbrella IRB protocol is to provide opportunities and resources to faculty interested in becoming SoTL scholars, to help faculty advance their own SoTL projects, and to form a community of colleagues actively doing SoTL research.

For those who may be new to the discipline, SoTL enables you to pose research questions about your own teaching methods and collect data in your own classrooms, with the goal of assessing and improving teaching and learning. The beauty of SoTL research is that it can be conducted using tools you already implement in your teaching, is low-cost, efficient, and offers many opportunities for collaboration. We encourage you to explore our resources and consider some SoTL projects!

Submit the Umbrella IRB Intake Form

Course Design

Need feedback on your course? Look no further, CELT offers course review services for faculty. This provides recommendations to foster continuous improvement, accessibility, effective design, and alignment of your course.  

Apply for assistance with Course Design

Quality Matters

Quality Matters professional development is designed to help educators deliver the promise of quality online learning opportunities to every level of learner — K-12, Higher Ed., Continuing & Professional Ed., and corporate training. Online, on-site and web conferencing opportunities are designed for every audience.  

Quality Matters Guide

Sign up for Quality Matters

Online Learning Consortium

CELT renewed the institutional membership to access the Online Learning Consortium. OLC is a collaborative community of higher education leaders and innovators, dedicated to advancing quality digital teaching and learning experiences designed to reach and engage the modern learner – anyone, anywhere, anytime. 

View the Membership Guide

Lending Library/E-Books

CELT has an ever growing Lending Library filled with books on diverse topics all relevant to teaching - pedagogy, classroom management, assessment techniques, mentoring undergraduates, the science of learning, etc. Please stop into Suite 300 of the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library if you would like to check a book out.

If you would like to suggest an additional acquisition, email celt@tulane.edu.

E-Books (Please note that off campus access might require login with your Tulane ID and password.)

Specifications Grading
Linda Nilson
Restoring Rigor, Motivating Students, and Saving Faculty Time

Creating Engaging Discussions 
Editors: Jennifer H. Herman and Linda Nilson
Strategies for Avoiding Crickets in Any Size Classroom and Online

Teaching at Its Best, Ed. 4
Linda B. Nilson
A Research-Based Resource for College Instructors

Online Teaching at Its Best
Linda B. Nilson and Ludwika A. Goodson
Merging Instructional Design with Teaching and Learning Research

Small Teaching Online
Flower Darby and James M. Lang
Applying Learning Science in Online Classes

The Teaching Portfolio
Peter Seldin, J. Elizabeth Miller, and Clement A. Seldin
A Practical Guide to Improved Performance and Promotion/Tenure Decisions

Minds Online
Michelle D. Miller
Teaching Effectively with Technology

The Blended Course Design Workbook
Kathryn E. Linder
A Practical Guide

Make It Stick
The Science of Successful Learning
Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger, and Mark A. McDaniel

Thrive Online
Shannon Riggs and Kathryn E. Linder

Engaging in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning : A Guide to the Process, and How to Develop a Project From Start to Finish
Bishop-Clark, Cathy and Dietz-Uhler, Beth

Minds Online: Teaching Effectively with Technology
Michelle D. Miller

Teaching to Transgress
Bell Hooks

Teach Students How to Learn: Strategies You Can Incorporate Into Any Course to Improve Student Meta-cognition, Study Skills, and Motivation
Saundra Yancy McGuire

Teach Yourself How to Learn: Strategies You Can Use to Ace Any Course at Any Level
Saundra Yancy McGuire

Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning
Jose A Bowen

Inclusive Teaching: Strategies for Promoting Equity in the College Classroom
Kelly Hogan and Viji Sathy




University Resources
Resources for you:

Class Schedule

Academic Calendars

Final Exam Schedule

Faculty Handbook

Classroom Experience Assistant

Tulane Academic Alert System: If you are concerned about a student for academic reasons and want to let Tulane know, you may report your concerns through the online Academic Alert System. 

Tulane Concerns:  Non-academic concerns should be filed through Tulane Concerns. 

Code of Student Conduct: This Student Guide includes the most frequently referenced policies related to student misconduct and is update every summer. 

Student Code of Academic Conduct: Code of Academic Conduct: There are unique Codes and Honor Board processes for Newcomb-Tulane College, School of Professional Advancement, Law School, Medical School, Social Work, and graduate students in various schools.  The processes mirror one another in many ways but the Honor Boards and administrative processes are closely aligned with the college or school. 

NTC Academic Integrity

Syllabus Template

Report a Campus-Related Concern, Incident, or Complaint

Tulane Provost: Faculty Development and Mentoring


Office of Fellowship Advising 

HR Support

Hiring Student Workers

Resources for your students:

Tulane Academic Success Center

Goldman Center for Student Accessibility

Student Health Center 


Global Education  

Career Services / Hire Tulane

External Resources

Below please find resources offered by other Universities, institutions, and organizations. If you have any suggestions for resources please email celt@tulane.edu

Teaching Resources 

Teaching Conferences Directory, Kennesaw State University

Teaching Journals Directory, Kennesaw State University

Research in Action, Oregon State University 

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Teaching 

Inside Higher Education: Teaching and Learning

Higher Education Websites

Faculty Focus

Inside Higher Ed

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Wellness Resources 

How to Meditate, The New York Times

Headspace Blog

Self-Compassion, Dr. Kristin Neff


Mid-Course Reflection Form

The Undergraduate Student Government and Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching have collaborated to provide a Mid-Course Reflection.  Please contact Toni Weiss (tweiss@tulane.edu) for more information or questions